If you’ve never received a rabies vaccine, you’ll also be given an injection of HRIG. These antibodies are given as soon as possible after the bite.
HRIG allows your body to begin to detect and fight the rabies virus right away. This helps provide protection until your body starts making its own antibodies after getting the vaccine.
Your healthcare provider may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. You may also require a tetanus shot, depending on the date of your last one.